Contrapposto

(redirected from Contro posto)
Also found in: Dictionary.

Contrapposto

The disposition of the human figure in which one part is turned in opposition to another, creating a counterpositioning of the body about its central axis.
Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture Copyright © 2012, 2002, 1998 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Contrapposto

 

in the fine arts, a device used in the representation of a figure, in which one part of the body is posed in opposition to another. For example, the upper part of the body is turned, but the lower part is in a frontal position. Contrapposto animates the rhythm of the figure, conveying a sense of movement or tension. It emphasizes the three-dimensionality of the figure without disturbing the equilibrium of form.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.